C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

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Plan: C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Qualification national code: MSL50118
Nominal hours: 1410
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Social Care and Health (535T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
CRICOS code: 098105C

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Purpose of the Program

This program has a technical skills focus, preparing you for the workplace. The Diploma of Laboratory Technology provides a broad and flexible package of competencies which meet the needs of technical officers, technical specialists and similar personnel.

It will also provide you with an alternative and practical pathway into a range of undergraduate degree programs with advanced standing.

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Articulation and pathways

Students who satisfactorily complete the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (C5388) have guaranteed entry with 96-credit points of credit to the following degree programs -

BP231P23 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
BP311P23 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
BP350 Bachelor of Science  
BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours) 

BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours)  - students must have successfully completed BIOL5250C Perform Histological Tests to be guaranteed entry with 96 credit points. NB: While the total value of the credit equals 96 credits points (= 1 year of study), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 3 years. (Note: A standard year of full-time undergraduate study at RMIT University is 96 credit points). 

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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of the MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques at RMIT University (program code C4397) is the pre-requisite for entry to this program. Applicants who completed the MSL40118 training package elsewhere must have completed the same units of competency (courses) as listed in the RMIT C4397 program guide.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Diploma of Laboratory Technology program has no external accreditations but has strong links with industry (including private pathology laboratories, hospital pathology laboratories research and testing laboratories) through the student workplacement scheme, regular student/staff visits to laboratories and the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC).

Laboratories also often seek RMIT staff assistance when technician positions become available.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online 'Ask a Librarian' service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals, newspapers and databases.

There are also specific subject guides available on the library website that will point you to a variety of resources available in the Library and those available online. Guides that you may find useful include Biomedical Science, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences, Human Anatomy & Physiology and Laboratory Medicine.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

Computer laboratories with printing facilities are available in the School for students to use at any time that classes are not scheduled. 

There are a number of specialised simulated workplace laboratories in which you will be trained to work. These include:

Chemistry Laboratory which has, in addition to routine equipment, a Touch Screen Analyser to perform "Point of Care" blood testing, the latest development in clinical diagnostic testing and an Autoanalyser that can perform a wide range of biochemical tests.

PC2 Containment Laboratory that is used for all of your microbiology, tissue culture and molecular biology laboratory work. It is equipped with two Biosafety cabinets, equipment for the isolation, purification and manipulation of DNA in addition to routine microbiology equipment. There is also a new digital fluorescence imaging system for examination of a wide range of cells and tissues. This lab also has industry standard equipment used in Histology, Haematology & Blood banking laboratories.

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